One of the things the public does not know is that the tools available to officers has changed. In general there is a difference between fishing and prudence. Fishing is when there is no basis for a search. Searches are done in rare instances and arrests even rarer.
On the job I was performing I can only see the original charges and ask a peer to take a second look. In my case someone fell through the cracks. The original charge involved a sex crime and children. This is only the original charge. I have no idea what the actual conviction is. In these cases I write a query and ask for a look. The person doing the search gets the record and decides the next step.
In general my correspondence is rare and written at low levels. Rather than broadcast at a higher level. My style is
Let's look at this and see what is there. The queries are logged and sorted out by my upline who decides what gets referred for law enforcement. Law enforcement then decides if they are going to pursue an arrest and place a person in proceedings. They have limited resources and only the worst of the worst get picked up.
We were told all of this stuff was logged. Apparently it wasn't and my friends who arrest decided there is always room for a pedophile. This is also subject to their attorneys discretion.
They did bring the guy in. They wanted to know why I did not call them ASAP. The sheer volume on that project did not
Allow for it. Officers refused to work those cases and it got dumped on me. Sometimes it is only intelligence and a person may be on trial for something. It allows our guys extra moments of heads up.
There are plenty of stories about people who fell through the cracks. My point is our tools have been scaled back. There is some legitimate concerns about fishing. This should have been dealt with by allowing only those with a record of proper usage access. In my case I never used those systems and consulted with our experts. Our experts do this every day. I do cooperate with our uplines but I work through the channels.
There are other cases where I am making the call. These involve older cases and in my case I follow the due process procedures. On one case I held it up for a week for a legal review. I only use those charges that are clear and can be readily defended by our attorneys. Sometimes I might miss one and that is why I consult with our experts.